Last Minute New Year's Eve Hot Spots
by Karen Carzo
Monday, December 29, 2014

If you happen to be a last-minute planner, don’t worry about New Year’s Eve.  There are plenty of great places to ring in 2015.  Here are just a few hot spots.

BB King Blues Club, 237 West 42nd Street, 212.997.4144

Oh Lucille it’s a party at BB King Blues Club!  Enjoy five hours of premium open bar while dancing to the sounds of a live DJ spinning an eclectic mix of Top 40s, Hip-Hop and Dance Mash-Up on an incomparable sound system.  Complimentary treats include early evening food served at a variety of mini-buffet stations, lots of party favors and a midnight champagne toast!  You can watch the ball drop on the built in big screen TV with a live feed from the Times Square Ball Drop.  VIP and couples packages include table and bottle service.  Tickets range in price from $79 to $899. 

Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse, 1141 Broadway, 917.432.8810

There is no other party venue like Toshi’s where an evening there is like visiting Toshi’s home – filled with good food, good cheer and good friends and lots of fun.  New Year’s Eve packages are $150-$2000 and include six hours of open bar and two hours of passed hors d’oeuvres.

Sky Room, 330 W. 40th Street, 212.380.1195

Ring in the New Year in the bi-level ultra lounge on the 33rd and 34th floors of the Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Times Square by Marriott and Four Points Time Square by Sheraton hotels where Sky Room overlooks the city.  Tickets begin at $125 for a five-hour premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, music in the Times Square Lounge, party favors and a live countdown to the New Year’s Eve Ball drop.

World Yacht at Pier 81, W. 41st Street, 212.630.8100

Celebrate the New Year on the water aboard the Atlantis.  An all-inclusive $275 ticket provides an open buffet and communal seating, standard open bar, four-hour cruise with skyline and front-row fireworks views, dockside party until 1:30 a.m. and a live DJ.  The boat boards at 9 p.m., sets sail at 10 p.m. and returns to the dock for a dock-side party at 1 a.m.

Brooklyn Winery, 213 N 8th Street, 347.763.1506

Travel to the borough of Brooklyn to celebrate at the winery’s Eyes Wide Open Masquerade Ball.  Wear your mystical finest and toast the end of the year with a four-hour open bar, decadent spreads, and dancing the night away to the music of a DJ. The venue suggests “keeping your eyes wide open for gravity-defying performances by our mysterious guest.”  Tickets are $150 per person.


New York is not the only city having fun on New Year’s Eve.  Check out these other great places:


Maritime Parc, 84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ  201.413.0050

Take in stunning views of the city while enjoying your choice of a special three-course ($75 per person) or five-course ($115 per person) New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu.  Located on the perimeter of New Jersey’s Liberty Landing Marina, Maritime Parc is a sleek, modern restaurant where a friendly vibe, fine food and fond memories are always on tap.

Delaware River Bank and Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA 

Family fun awaits at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing (201 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, 215928.1234) where families can enjoy a 4 p.m. buffet and kids entertainment (face painting, assorted games and creative activities) in the Columbus Ballroom before watching the 6 p.m. fireworks display.  Tickets are $65 per adult and $35 for children 3-12 years of age, children under 2 years of age are free.  Champagne toast for adults and cash bar.  Adults can kick up their heels beginning 8 p.m. with an extravagant dinner buffet, desserts, drinks, cash bar, DJ-hosted dance party until 1:30 a.m., party favors, champagne toast and fireworks display on the Delaware River at midnight.  Tickets are $110 per person inclusive or $169 for all of the food and festivities as well as a four-hour open bar from 8 to midnight.

Capella Washington DC, Georgetown, 1050 31st Street NW, Washington, DC, 202.617.2400

It’s out with the old and in with the new in the country’s capital.  Celebrate 2015 at Capella’s Rooftop Taittinger Champagne Lounge.  Cocktails and canapes will be served in the Rye bar, and guests will enjoy a four-course dinner in the Grill Room.  Live music and dancing will take place until midnight’s toast to the New Year.  Special packages with room rates are available.


Great Places wishes everyone the happiest of New Years!



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